• An Irish Country Family

  • An Irish Country Novel
  • By: Patrick Taylor
  • Narrated by: John Keating
  • Length: 14 hrs and 1 min
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (212 ratings)

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An Irish Country Family

By: Patrick Taylor
Narrated by: John Keating
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Publisher's summary

An Irish Country Family is a charming entry in Patrick Taylor's beloved internationally best-selling Irish Country series. 

Before Doctor Barry Laverty joined Doctor Fingal O’Reilly's practice in the colorful Irish village of Ballybucklebo, he was an intern, working long hours, practicing new medical techniques, falling in love, and learning what is most important in the medical field for a family physician - the bonds of family, friendships, and human kindness.   

Years later, Barry practices everything he has learned in Ballybucklebo, a lovely village where neighbor looks after neighbor. And while his own efforts to start a family with his wife Sue have been frustrated, the community around him couldn’t be stronger as they work together to show their solidarity.   

Shifting effortlessly between the two time periods, best-selling author Patrick Taylor continues the story of these beloved characters while vividly bringing the daily joys and struggles of this delightful Irish village to life.

Praise for narrator John Keating:

"Keating is masterful in his interpretatios of the extensive cast of Irish characters.... One can easily visualize the verdant green hills and fresh sea air, making a visit with Keating in the driver's seat a jovial trip back in time." (AudioFile magazine on An Irish Country Practice)

"The charm of Taylor's Irish Country tales is brought to life in John Keating's performance. His Irish lilt will transport listeners straight to Ballybucklebo.... Keating's pacing and inflections are perfect as he gives a unique vocal personality to each character." (AudioFile magazine on An Irish Country Love Story)

"John Keating's wonderful sing-song Irish brogue breathes life and seasonal warmth into this cast of reprobates from the little village of Balleybucklebo.... There is enough charm and seasonal warmth in this package to replicate the spirit of the holidays." (Publishers Weekly on An Irish Country Christmas)

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 Ballybucklebo Stories Corp. (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

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A Fun Visit to an Irish Villiage

I have been reading this series from the beginning and have thoroughly enjoyed it. The story follows the life of an Irish country village called Ballybucklebo in the 1960s. The main protagonist is Fingal Flaherty O’Reilly, M.D., the village physician. Also, added early in the series is Barry Laverty, M.D., who joins O’Reilly’s practice.

The book is well written and researched. The story follows the daily life of an Irish Village. It is mainly a heart-warming story. It makes a great change of pace book after reading some heavy non-fiction books.

The book is fourteen hours and one minute. John Keating does and excellent job narrating the story; in fact, he makes the book. He is so good at all the various Irish regional accents. Keating is an Irish actor and is an award-winning audiobook narrator.

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Heard it before

I was looking forward to a new book, but this is a jumble of stories from other books, rambling and confusing. Maybe the printed copy would help make sense of the disorder. All the other books are amazingly fun and lively.

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Disappointing

Having eagerly awaited the next in the Irish Country Novel series, I couldn't help feeling disappointed. The usual balanced mix of colourful characters, medical matters and humour just wasn't there. Deaths, medical situations in excruciating detail, and the continuing (from a previous novel) and potentially endless emotional trauma of a long hoped for baby prompted me to skip to the end of some chapters - never, ever done that before with one of Patrick Taylor's books. Although many of the characters are brought in at the end of the book and the loose ends tied up, it was too much, too late.

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Not my favorite

I have very much enjoyed all of the previous books in this series but not this one so much. I found the jumping back and forth between his old girlfriends and his current wife to be off-putting. I really disliked the chapter about the leg amputation. I could not listen to it all and fast forwarded a lot of it. A whole chapter? Sheesh. I have not finished it but I will. I am interested to see what happens with Sue and her desire to become pregnant. For goodness sakes...Barry is a married man now. Can the story move on and let his past girlfriends RIP? I like the village and the people and his job as a country doctor but this book made me feel squeamish the way Barry looks at women as objects for his lust. This is just my opinion. The jumping back and forth in time in this story, after having read all the other books in the series, makes no sense. Bring Barry back to to the present in the next book. Please! Move on with Sue and hopefully a family. I do love the Townspeople.
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I just finished the book. Everything got tied up in a nice little bow in the very end. Still...it was not my favorite in the series. I wish it had concentrated more on Barry and Sue finding out the news and how they reacted...but alas...that is left to the imagination. I don’t know if I will get the next book. I really don’t want to go back in time again. I wish it would concentrate on the doctors in the present time, their patients and Sue and Barry starting a new family. The way Barry notices and looks at women needs to settle down. He is a married man. It is not my book to write however.

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Great times with Dr. O’Reily and the rest

Can’t wait for more from Patrick Taylor and the best dang narrator, John Keating! Fantastic as always!

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Family

I have listened to a number of books in this series and have enjoyed all of them immensely.

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Another fun book

Loved this book as I have loved the whole series
It’s entertaining and I take on a character that I love

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